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Poor Night's Sleep Is Common

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 3 December 2021
Poor Night's Sleep Is Common
Although cancer does not directly affect sleep, the side effects of cancer treatment—both physical and emotional—can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep. Cancer may affect sleep directly and indirectly, by the disease itself or indirectly through treatments, medication effects, stress, and anxiety. Additionally, going to bed later than usual and/or getting a poor night's sleep are both associated with impaired glycaemic response to breakfast the following mornin...
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Blueberries Improve Cardiometabolic Function

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 2 December 2021
Blueberries Improve Cardiometabolic Function
The randomised controlled study included 138 men and women, aged 50-75 years, with BMI≥25 and 3 or more metabolic syndrome (MS) components (impaired fasting glucose, hypertension, central adiposity, hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL). The researchers randomly divided participants into 3 groups: one group (n=37) consumed the equivalent of 1 cup blueberries per day; a second group (n=39) consumed the equivalent of ½ cup blueberries per day; the third group (n=39) consumed a pla...
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The Multifaceted Role of Mast Cells in Cancer

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 2 December 2021
The Multifaceted Role of Mast Cells in Cancer
Mast cells may play an important role in cancer. They are potential triggers of allergic reactions, so stabilising them has long been a therapeutic target in treating allergies, asthma, and anaphylaxis. It is time to shift attention to the role mast cells play in cancer and how we might use this understanding for therapeutic advantage. Mast cells originate in the bone marrow and enter the circulation in immature form. Once settled into a tissue site, they mature, taking on characteristics...
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Research Shows How Cancer Cells May Disarm The Immune Sytem

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 30 November 2021
Research Shows How Cancer Cells May Disarm The Immune Sytem
Every minute of every day, the body’s immune system is engaged in a microscopic battle – seeking out and destroying the abnormal cells, bacteria and viruses that cause infections and disease, including cancer. Each immune cell is a tiny warrior that is constantly working to keep the human body healthy. But sometimes, particularly when the enemy is cancer, the immune cells need a little help. With recent advancements in the field of immunotherapy, doctors can now offer some patie...
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Vitamin B12 Sources, Function and Deficiencies

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 29 November 2021
Vitamin B12 Sources, Function and Deficiencies
Humans cannot produce vitamin B12 naturally, making it one of the eight essential B vitamins. Bacteria are required to produce vitamin B12 naturally, but the majority of the bacteria in our GI tract lives at the end of our digestive tract, after the point at which B12 gets absorbed. Therefore, in order to satisfy our need for B12, we have to get it from our diet. Plants do not contain any vitamin B12, so individuals that don’t eat many, or any, animal products should pay special atte...
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